A Polish specialized publication has conducted a survey among Polish trainee doctors on how they prepare for LEK/LDEK. Their experience can help our doctors study properly before passing the nostrification exam.
For Polish doctors, training before LEK/LDEK is a period full of stress and effort. A doctor usually makes two attempts. The first is trying their hand and to see the process, and the second is scoring the highest possible to enter the residency.
What drives doctors in their preparation for LEK/LDEK? Most respondents said that by studying, they seek to not only get the best results, but also improve their knowledge. Our doctors should think in the same way when getting acquired knowledge is useful at not only the exam, but also for successful LEK/LDEK and future medical practice.
When talking about the sources of knowledge, it should be noted that various online platforms and courses are gaining popularity. They provide thousands of exam questions with detailed explanations and lectures as presentations. Visually and essentially attractive materials are a great alternative to a stack of books from the lists selected by the Center for Medical Examinations (CEM). In our opinion, the recent introduction of a publicly available database of LEK/LDEK examination questions will further increase the popularity of such solutions.
Interesting that the previously very popular source of knowledge “LepoLek”” has lost almost half of its audience. Currently, it is used by only 37% of surveyed doctors.
There is no single recipe for success in preparing for the exam. The most important thing is the regularity and repetition of previously learned lessons. The weekly hours spent on a book or educational platform are the learner’s business. When a database of questions is available, though, less time is needed for preparation. On average, Polish doctors spend 20-25 hours a week preparing for LEK/LDEK.
Most respondents plan their week based on the time needed for learning. However, almost 40% of respondents tend to learn chaotically.
A question in focus is: how many weeks prior to the exam do Polish doctors start preparing? The most common response is 12-14 weeks. Almost 30% of respondents said they study regularly, that is, self-education is part of their lifestyle. At the same time, almost 15% of respondents said they tend to be last-minute learners.
Trainee doctors often take notes of important points, highlight them in colour in textbooks and printouts, or use side notes for better memorizing.
It is clear that brainstorming requires a stimulus. The first common stimulus for Poles is a cup of coffee, and the second is energy. In our opinion, relaxation is the best way to improve the memory. If you are exhausted and feel your brain has stopped taking information, then take a break, take a walk and breathe a fresh air.
The sooner the exam, the higher the stress. Therefore, during this period you should not give up proper sleep and healthy eating. Also, remember that exercising, even for a short time, helps to saturate the body with oxygen, which is vital for the ability to learn.
P.S. All doctors face similar issues during intensive studying. These are low motivation, stress, need to restrict yourself from many pleasures. However, nostrification of a diploma and moving to Poland is one of the few ways for our doctors to break out of a toxic environment and ensure a good future. For you and your children. This goal should be your best motivation.